In recent years, painful and debilitating problems with Stryker hip replacements experienced by individuals throughout the United States may have actually been caused by the LFit V40 Femoral Head, which is a component used in thousands of artificial hips.
The manufacturer recently issued an Urgent Medical Device Product Field Action Notification (PDF), warning healthcare providers that individuals implanted with certain Stryker LFit Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads manufactured prior to 2011 face “potential hazards.” However, many individuals have likely already experienced a catastrophic failure of their hip implant.
Total hip replacement systems are generally comprised of five major components, including a femoral head, femoral stem, femoral neck, liner and acetabular shell, or socket.
While Stryker marketed the LFit V40 as a femoral head that would reduce friction and wear for patients, extending the lifespan of their hip replacement systems, post-marketing reports suggest that the component has caused a higher-than-expected rate of complications and hip failures, including:
- Loss of Mobility
- Pain Requiring Hip Revision Surgery
- Inflammation Response
- Adverse Local Tissue Reaction
- Joint Instability
- Hip Implant Loosening
- Periprosthetic Fracture
- Leg Length Discrepancy
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration issued a hazard alert about problems with Stryker LFit V40 on September 27, 2016. However, no similar statement has yet been issued in the United States.
While consumers have not yet been notified about a potential Stryker LFit V40 Hip recall, it is possible that letters may be sent by some surgeons in the coming months to individuals who still have a hip implant involving these femoral head components manufactured prior to 2011. However, individuals who experienced Stryker hip replacement problems in the past may never be informed that the LFit V40 Femoral Head was the cause of their complications.
The Stryker hip replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals nationwide who have:
- Received Notice of Problems with their Hip Implant
- Received Cobalt or Chromium Blood Testing
- Required Hip Revision Surgery for Stryker Hip Replacement
To review whether you or a loved one may be entitled to financial compensation for prior Stryker hip replacement problems, or due to a risk of future complications from a Stryker LFit V40 Femoral Head that may have been used in their implant, request a free case evaluation with Saiontz & Kirk, P.A.